Community Action Training (CAT) Programme
Introduction to Nonviolent Civic Organising and Change-making e-course
The first phase of the blended educational program “Community Action Training”, e-learning course “Introduction to nonviolent civic organizing and change-making”, started on November 1, 2021.
The “Community Action Training” (2021) will take place from November 1, 2021 to March 30, 2022. Programme will be entirely in English language, and is composed of three components:
- Component 1: Introduction to nonviolent civic organizing and change-making, e-learning throughout November 2021
- Component 2: Civic activism in the Eastern Partnership Countries, residential training Tbilisi, in February 2022
- Component 3: Creating resources for civic change making in the EaP region, online throughout March 2022
The e-learning course is attended by 40 activists residing in the Eastern Partnership Countries who are engaged in on-going campaigns led by grassroots organizations, civic initiative groups and activism movements.
The involvement of the participants by countries is distributed as follows (listed in the alphabetical order):
Armenia – 5 participants
Azerbaijan – 6 participants
Belarus – 7 participants
Georgia – 10 participants
Moldova – 5 participants
Ukraine – 7 participants
The e-course aims to foster a reflection on practices used by the participants in their activist groups and movements and to assess learning needs in preparation of the training course programme.
The e-learning course consist of four modules each lasting a week. Each module is composed of a platform-based self-study and a webinar. The methodology is based on non-formal education and relies on educational methods suitable for an online format.
The modules cover the following topics:
- Module 1: course introduction, team building, assessment of learning goals
- Module 2: identifying key societal challenges the represented movements/ groups work on; strategies, principles and tactics of nonviolent campaigning
- Module 3: identifying of key challenges in internal organising of movements/ groups; pillars and principles of movement/ group organising
- Module 4: identifying key challenges for security and wellbeing of movements/ groups; essentials for individual and group security and wellbeing
After the completion of the e-learning course, participants who will receive the certificate are eligible to apply for continuing the educational programme (residential training course) by specifying the intended use of the learning process for capacity development of their movement/ group.
The residential training course “Civic activism in the Eastern Partnership Countries” builds upon the e-course and explores principles and practices of strategic nonviolence, movement organizing and approaches to collective security. It shall also serve as a space for shaping a networking and support framework within the CAT programme. The residential training course will be held in Georgia, February 2022, duration will be 7 working days and travel and accommodation costs will be covered.